Hacker News (HN) for me is a daily source for technical and start-up information, which I cherish. Aside from the articles themselves, I believe one of the main values of HN are the comments posted below the outbound link which provide me with even more insight and ideas. In fact, I would say the comments in a lot of the situations add just as much to my knowledge base as the article itself.
Now the issues is this: I use Google Reader as my RSS feed reader. When I click on an article it opens it in a new window and the ‘comments’ link is left in the Reader window. If I want to read the comments also, I need to click on the ‘comments’ link.
So here is my idea: any outbound link should be wrapped in a frame ala Google images search.
The little top frame should be 2 lines tall and include:
- link back to hacker news via the ‘H’ icon
- The name of the article as submitted
- A direct link to the comments (and maybe comment count?)
- An expand button which would change the frame split to 50%/50% and would load the comments there in a scrollable fashion
- Ability to Vote ‘+1′ on the article
- a small ‘X’ to kill HN frame
As much as I detest frames ( I received my fill by cruising Geocities sites in 90′s), I believe this would not only foster more commenting on the HN side but also allow lurkers to receive more value from the commenting system on HN.